March 19, 2012 The Deep Report Video

The Deep Report

I am standing in my kitchen watching raw footage from yesterday when I spontaneously break out into a wild, crazy jig. What am I doing, my son asks? The Powder Dance, I say. One of the great miracles of our proximity to the Pacific is the way one single storm can transform bare mountains into (more...)...

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March 12, 2012 Charlton Peak Panorama Video

Charlton Peak Panorama

Okay, so maybe 10,806′ Charlton Peak isn’t the most intimidating summit I’ve visited, or the most scenic. But it is a summit, damn it, and therefore I’m including it in my ongoing summit panorama video series, in which I give you a 360° view from the top of a nice big California mountain, just as (more...)...

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February 15, 2012 Chasing My Brother Video

Chasing My Brother

Really there’s no better motivator than having a little brother who’s faster than you in the gates. I spent damn near my entire young adulthood chasing him, and, well…it looks like I’m still trying to catch him. Hard to say who’d be faster if we jumped into a course today, though I do like my (more...)...

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December 27, 2011 The Muir Disconnect Video

The Muir Disconnect

Seen from nearly any angle, Mount Muir’s East Buttress would seem to be self-evidently unskiable. And then, from atop Thor Peak last April, Dave Braun and I saw what appeared to be a continuous thread of snow connecting the mountain’s south shoulder to the base of the buttress (more...)...

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December 5, 2011 Mount Muir Panorama Video

Mount Muir Panorama

A very chilly December day atop 14,012′ Mount Muir, enjoying the hair-raising exposure off the summit block. I wanted to get some photos of Muir and Trevor wanted to check Muir off his list, so we teamed up for an unexpectedly long day via the Mount Whitney trail and the West Face (more...)...

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October 20, 2011 West Baldy Timelapse Video

West Baldy Timelapse

Wow, was this a trip down the rabbit hole! That Landscapes video inspired me to create my own timelapse. Naturally, I thought shooting from the top of West Baldy at sunset would be perfect. Turns out day-to-night timelapse is shockingly difficult. Within the quirky realm of timelapse photography it is known as ‘the Holy Grail’ (more...)...

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September 19, 2011 White Mountain Panorama Video

White Mountain Panorama

California’s White Mountain, elevation 14,252′, offers a truly unique perspective of the High Sierra, allowing you to see essentially the whole of the range in one great sweep. In addition to Sierra looks you also get a wonderful view of Owens Valley to the west and Nevada’s Fish Lake Valley to the east. This is (more...)...

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September 7, 2011 Wakesurfing? Video


Arr, my shoulders are sore, which can mean only one thing…I’ve been waterskiing at Lake Powell! My brother invited me to join him for a day of fun on the lake. Funny to say I spent a lot more time in the water when I lived in Arizona than I do living in coastal California, (more...)...

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August 14, 2011 Telescope Panorama Video

Telescope Panorama

Like its prominent neighbor to the south, San Jacinto Peak, Death Valley National Park’s Telescope Peak is a desert summit offering nothing less than a mindblowing vertical rise. Yes, of the two SJP offers the steeper facade, but in terms of total vertical, 11,043′ Telescope Peak reigns supreme, rising an astonishing 11,331′ feet above nearby (more...)...

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July 3, 2011 Mammoth: Top to Bottom Video

Mammoth: Top to Bottom

Yes, it’s another entry in my critically-acclaimed ‘Top-to-Bottom’ video series, in which I go to the top of a ski area and ski all the way down to the bottom! What an absolute blast this day was: July 2 at Mammoth Mountain. I figured if ever there was a year to get up there for (more...)...

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